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GOP in Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bill to Halt Plans to Toll Girard Point Bridge, 8 Other Spans – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)

Pennsylvania Senate Approves Bill To Halt Plans To Toll Bridges – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Pennsylvania Senate OKs Bill to Halt Plans to Toll Bridges | Pennsylvania News | US News

Pa. Senate passes bill to halt Wolf’s bridge tolling plans | ABC27

South Bridge tolling plan could screech to a halt – pennlive.com

PennDOT says proposed interstate bridge tolls ‘not permanent’ | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Senate moves new bill to keep Pa. out of RGGI without General Assembly’s OK (whyy.org)

As importance of broadband increases, federal, state efforts aim to bring internet to all Pennsylvanians | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

‘Fairness means a lot to me’: Pa. residents make their pitch to chair Legislative redistricting panel | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. deserves a 5th redistricting commissioner who values the power of the people over the people in power | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Safety Net Organizations Ask Pennsylvania For Additional Funds | 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania Marijuana Poll Shows Highest-Ever Support For Legalization | Marijuana Moment

PA Horse Racing Roundup: Lasix Drug Ban, Derby Betting, Pony Fund (playpennsylvania.com)

With grants in place, North Main sidewalk project in Yardley expected to break ground in early summer; council grants permit for Carry the Load rally | Yardley Area | buckslocalnews.com

Reading unveils 2-year, $10 million project to improve streets | Local News | readingeagle.com

AIU, CMU receive $475K grant to enhance computer science instruction in Pa. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Q&A with PA State Senator Camera Bartolotta – EHN

Q&A with Pennsylvania State Senator Gene Yaw – EHN

Greenhouse gas initiative debate continues | State | wfmz.com

Rep. Toohil’s living donor protection legislation becomes law | Times Leader

Some push to kill off Pa. regulations halted during pandemic | Times Leader

Activists rally for education and environment | News | delcotimes.com

Pennsylvania gov says he’ll veto ban on transgender athletes in women’s sports | TheHill

Relief pitch: Bill would give minor league teams a break with social distancing rules | News, Sports, Jobs – Altoona Mirror

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

‘It’s the return of freedom’: CDC says many Americans can go outside without a mask | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Some say new CDC mask guidance has little effect, but others are staying cautious | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Social distancing indoors may provide ‘false sense of security,’ coronavirus transmission study finds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘This is a catastrophe’: In India, illness Is everywhere | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

People with intellectual disabilities are helping providers improve the vaccination experience (inquirer.com)

Time to say goodbye to some insurers’ waivers for COVID-19 treatment fees (inquirer.com)

How Europe Sealed a Pfizer Vaccine Deal With Texts and Calls – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Amish In Ohio Aren’t Getting Vaccinated Despite High COVID Infections, Deaths : Shots – Health News : NPR

West Virginia Giving $100 To Young People Who Get Vaccinated : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

State

Doctors say variants, vaccine hesitancy causing rise in younger Western Pa. COVID-19 patients | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Western Pa. health experts: Relaxed mask rules ‘long overdue’ | TribLIVE.com

Report: COVID hospitalizations lower than state rate in most area counties | Times Leader

State health official says third COVID-19 wave still a threat | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

PA report says sepsis is an accomplice in COVID-19 deaths | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Blacks and Latinos in Pa. more likely to end up in hospital due to COVID-19 – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: All three COVID-19 vaccines slated for delivery next week; state amends mask guidelines – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers, businesses frustrated as New Jersey loosens COVID-19 restrictions on verge of wedding season – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Where are Pa. coronavirus cases rising? Here are the key numbers to watch – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

With an eye toward improving vaccine equity, Pa. Health Dept. rolls out expanded vaccine demographic data | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Local

Covid vaccine clinic held at Westmoreland courthouse | TribLIVE.com

Tarik Khan’s late-night rush to vaccinate Philadelphia’s homebound seniors was ‘not sustainable.’ Thankfully, others are stepping up. (inquirer.com)

HIkers still cautious of COVID-19 during group walks | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Letter: Getting vaccinated is the right thing to do | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Conrad Weiser School District residents | Local News | readingeagle.com

Allentown’s Bradbury-Sullivan LGBTQ Community Center provides comfort via pop-up vaccine clinics | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Area colleges and universities encourage vaccination for students (timesonline.com)

Bucks County opening COVID vaccine clinics to walk-ins (theintell.com)

Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center closing a month earlier than planned, commissioner says | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Lancaster County Prison provides vaccine clinic for inmates, staff Tuesday | Health | lancasteronline.com

 

Business

SBA to begin taking applications for restaurant relief; webinars set for Wednesday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Restaurant Revitalization Fund to begin accepting registrations/open applications | Business | delcotimes.com

People ‘feel like life is worth living again’: Pa. biz owners look to promises, challenges post-pandemic | Wednesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

ATI changes contract proposal following expiration of offer to United Steelworkers | TribLIVE.com

As Economy Rebounds, Manufacturers Face New Hurdles – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Run on fun: Supply short, demand high as pandemic continues | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Rockefeller Group sells Lehigh Valley warehouse for $201.5 million, a local record for a single industrial building – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Did emergency PPP loans work? Nearly $800 billion later, we still don’t know | WITF

Pandemic erases 16K jobs in Lancaster County, state says | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Why Is Office Lighting So Bad? (curbed.com)

Pfizer puts 340-acre Collegeville campus up for sale – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro condemns Vandergrift police officer’s conduct | TribLIVE.com

Pa. State Police resume tracking racial data during traffic stops in response to Spotlight PA report · Spotlight PA

How Pa. troopers use sweating, stuttering during traffic stops to launch vehicle searches (inquirer.com)

Allegheny County Council creates police review board | TribLIVE.com

2 police organizations take issue with Reading Police Department’s proposed promotion changes | Local News | readingeagle.com

Police culture, and what the Chauvin murder verdict might signal for the future | WITF

Erie sheriff candidate linked to Facebook posts attacking ‘illegal immigrants’ (goerie.com)

 

Education

‘Better Together’? Pa. state universities face historic merger vote today | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nearly half-a-billion dollars in debt could saddle State System plans to rescue universities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Plan to redesign Pa.-owned universities will damage education and the economy, report claims | Local News | readingeagle.com

Franklin Regional school board primary includes 10 candidates | TribLIVE.com

Norwin High School closed because of covid cases | TribLIVE.com

Covid-19 cases prompt 2-day closure of Derry Area secondary schools | TribLIVE.com

Exeter High School will be temporarily closed due to COVID cases | Local News | readingeagle.com

COVID cases close 13th and Union Elementary School in Reading | Education | readingeagle.com

LCCC approves budget with no tuition or fee increase, adds shorter sessions | Times Leader

Scranton school administrators file court action to halt vote on employment agreement | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Judge recommends dismissal of retaliation suit against former Scranton Superintendent Alexis Kirijan | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Faulty HVAC may have led to 8 children contracting COVID in Penn Valley Elementary | Mainlinetimes | mainlinemedianews.com

Erie School District: Virtual fair scheduled with 12 HBCUs (goerie.com)

Talk of guns overheard by teacher leads to ‘lock-in’ at Upper Darby High School | News | delcotimes.com

Garnet Valley temporarily moves back to virtual learning | News | delcotimes.com

 

Elections/Politics

‘Center of the universe’: Pennsylvania Democrats brace for midterm battle – POLITICO

Anticipating ‘partisan’ impasse, Democrats ask court to prepare to draw Pa. congressional map · Spotlight PA

‘The first of many’: Democratic redistricting group files preemptive lawsuit in Pa. court | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania redistricting: What to watch as the state loses a seat (inquirer.com)

Loss of House seat sets up ‘game of musical chairs’ in Pennsylvania | News | tribdem.com

Mail-in ballot drop box locations approved in Westmoreland County | TribLIVE.com

Bucks County adds ballot drop box, but advocates say more needed (theintell.com)

Chester County announces steps for May 18 Primary Election | News | dailylocal.com

What you need to know about voting by mail in Berks County | Elections | readingeagle.com

GOP candidate for Harrisburg mayor denounces gays on social media, awaits trial in child abuse case – pennlive.com

“Untimely” appeal keeps former Erie state Sen. Andrezeski off ballot (goerie.com)

PA1: Fitzpatrick Raises $360K in Q1 | PoliticsPA

 

Environment

Biden infrastructure push has Pa. progressives going big on climate change (inquirer.com)

Earth Week cleanup draws record crowd to the banks of Lake Afton in Yardley; a longtime friend of the lake is remembered | Yardley Area | buckslocalnews.com

President Biden’s climate change plan says nothing about ditching burgers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tiffin’s reusable takeout container program is Philly’s first. Here’s how it works. (inquirer.com)

Senate to Reinstate Obama-Era Regulations on Methane – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

 

Transportation

Rep. Doyle requests $21 million for four Pittsburgh transportation projects | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania’s ‘Move Over’ law now in effect for motorists | TribLIVE.com

PennDOT announces traffic stoppages on Tarentum Bridge | TribLIVE.com

PennDOT: Tanker company will pay for repaving, cleanup following rollover fuel spill | News | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Health

The Biden administration lifts the barriers to prescribing buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction (inquirer.com)

National Institute On Drug Abuse Director On Biden’s Opioid Treatment Guidelines : NPR

Letter: Practice moderation when drinking alcohol | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

 

State News

President of Pa. Bar Association resigns after prostitution arrest | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Antisemitic acts in Pa., U.S. remain at high levels, ADL says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa.’s infrastructure in need of an upgrade? | Smart Talk (witf.org)

MAP: How much did Pennsylvania’s population change in 2020 census and where does it rank among the states? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

An ex-bookkeeper for the Delaware River waterfront agency stole $2.6M to fund her gambling and vacations, feds say (inquirer.com)

Former DRWC bookkeeper used embezzled funds to hit casinos, go on vacations | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Thomas Tull gave big campaign donations after PSERS invested $100 million in one of his firms (inquirer.com)

What alcohol did Pennsylvanians buy most in the past pandemic year? | TribLIVE.com

High court hears Mahanoy Area case today | Cops and Courts | standardspeaker.com

‘Strong base’ of wild turkeys await hunters on opening day, says Pennsylvania Game Commission – pennlive.com

PETA offers $5,000 reward to anyone who can help solve central Pa. dog-dumping case – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania air pollution: See who got a failing grade in new report (timesonline.com)

 

National News

Federal officials extend Real ID compliance until May 2023 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Real ID deadline extended again | TribLIVE.com

FBI starts probe into death of Black man killed by N.C. deputies | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Andrew Brown Jr. Was Shot In The Back Of His Head, Family Says, Citing Autopsy : NPR

A Supreme Court ruling on 2nd Amendment could lead to more deaths of Black people | Solomon Jones (inquirer.com)

California Man Dies After Officers Pin Him to Ground for 5 Minutes – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

There Is Growing Segregation In Millennial Wealth : Planet Money : NPR

Toyota has acquired Lyft’s self-driving division | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When it comes to Penn Museum on the MOVE remains, beware apologies without action (inquirer.com)

Gas prices jumped as COVID cases decreased, but what’s to come at the pumps? | Local News | readingeagle.com

As Arizona recount continues, both sides continue to argue in court – pennlive.com

Transgender youth are coming out and living in their gender much earlier than older generations | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

What to make of ‘cancel culture’ and the price of free speech? | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

California’s ‘White Gold’ Rush: Lithium In Demand Amid Surge In Electric Vehicles : NPR

 

Local News

Animal Protectors to offer rabies clinic but major fundraisers later in year still in limbo | TribLIVE.com

Luzerne County OKs warehouse project tax break | Times Leader

Laurel Run wall in Wilkes-Barre next on list for repair | Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre’s finances off to good start in 2021 | Times Leader

County solicitor: DA needs council approval to give raises | News | citizensvoice.com

Scranton plans demolition project to raze hazardous structures | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Firefighters battle brush blaze in North Scranton | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Carbondale council candidates hope to improve neighborhoods | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

Fundraising efforts for wheelchair-accessible swing off to strong start | News | standardspeaker.com

Berks teen philanthropists target racial injustice with $10,000 in grants | Berks and Beyond | readingeagle.com

New nature preserve launches with 230 acres of Susquehanna Riverlands in York County – pennlive.com

Dutch Wonderland to hire 200 additional people, increase starting wages and offer extra perks – pennlive.com

Prom 2021 in Lehigh Valley will have COVID-19 restrictions – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lehigh county settles lawsuit over Cedarbrook resident’s death – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Bethlehem historic commission rejects 10-story building that would bring affordable housing to South Side, declaring it too tall – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Kolbe Cole team launches Voices PAC to foster political engagement (timesonline.com)

Monroe County asks residents: What safety hazards impact you most? (poconorecord.com)

Derek Chauvin convictions: York rally urges community to move forward (ydr.com)

What York County did right before the Chauvin guilty verdicts (ydr.com)

 

Pitt

Pittsburgh’s unemployment remained at 7.5% in March | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh region jobs rise in March, still behind 1 year ago | TribLIVE.com

Side Lot Side Hustle is latest spot for Pittsburgh creatives to shine and sell | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Restaurateur, baker battle anti-Asian racism, try to connect cultures with food | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

FNB announces $7 million in funding to support Hill District improvements | TribLIVE.com

How rising rents and renovations have displaced Pittsburghers and added to the city’s ongoing issues with gentrification | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Philly

Biden to Visit Philly on Friday | PoliticsPA

Philly ‘eds and meds’ boards slowly bringing on more women (inquirer.com)

Homes in Philadelphia’s Black communities are consistently undervalued (inquirer.com)

Philly’s Health Department budget shows that COVID-19 is here to stay (inquirer.com)

Philly OKs indoor weddings and catered events, further easing coronavirus restrictions (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia relaxes dining and event restrictions May 7 | Coronavirus | phillytrib.com

As Philadelphia Sheriff Rochelle Bilal moves the office to online sales, City Council doubts deepen (inquirer.com)

With homicides on the rise, Philly DA Krasner calls for more accountability from law enforcement | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philadelphia DA candidates discuss racial bias during forum | Local News | phillytrib.com

The Collective is raising $100 million for Black developers | Local News | phillytrib.com

Mayor Kenney dodges endorsing Krasner’s re-election bid (broadandliberty.com)

 

Washington

Biden speech to Congress: Start time, how to watch and stream (inquirer.com)

Biden to pitch sweeping ‘family plan’ in speech to Congress | Hosted (ap.org)

President Biden’s joint address to Congress will have smaller crowds, less fanfare | WITF

What’s in Biden’s $1.8 trillion American Families Plan? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden to propose free preschool — a $200B investment — in American Families Plan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

White House plans massive boost to IRS enforcement | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden’s first 100 days of foreign policy deserve good grades | Trudy Rubin (inquirer.com)

Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna amid new complications (inquirer.com)

Immigration groups launch $50 million effort for citizenship | Hosted (ap.org)

Letter: PRO Act would give back workers their voice | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com